One of the best movies I’ve seen this year is James Ponsoldt‘s The Spectacular Now. The coming-of-age film chronicles the unlikely relationship between directionless party boy Sutter (Miles Teller) and the quiet, reserved Aimee (Shailene Woodley). It’s one of the few non-documentary films I’ve seen that honestly speaks to the teenage experience, and I encourage you to seek it out when it comes to your city (if it hasn’t already).
Yesterday, I got the chance to sit down with Ponsoldt and talk about the movie. During out conversation, we talked about the film’s journey from Sundance to distribution, the casting process, working with his talented crew, going for nostalgia over sentimentality, his upcoming movies Pippin and Rodham, and much more. Hit the jump to read the interview. Click here to find out when where The Spectacular Now will be playing near you.
Last week we reported that Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby) was the frontrunner for the Hillary Clinton biopic, Rodham. Now it appears that Mulligan is going to pass on the opportunity, saying she’s “not prepared to commit to the role at this time.” This may come as good news for one of the other actors reportedly being sought for the role, such as Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, and Amanda Seyfried. The James Ponsoldt-directed film focuses on Clinton as a young lawyer on the President Richard Nixon impeachment committee, and her attempts to balance her career path with her unresolved feelings for future President, Bill Clinton. THR also reports that the filmmakers are renewing the search for their lead.
Following some casting rumors last week that claimed that Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, and Amanda Seyfried were in the running to play Hillary Clinton in the biopic Rodham, it appears that a different actress entirely may come away with the role. THR reports that Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan is the top choice to play Clinton in the film, which focuses on the politician’s formative years as she juggled a path to the White House and feelings for her former boyfriend Bill Clinton, all the while being chosen as the youngest lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee to impeach Nixon.
Smashed and The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt is set to helm the pic, and he will be having a sit down with Mulligan soon to discuss the project. Hit the jump for more.
Last month, we reported that The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt would helm Rodham. Per the synopsis, “During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.” Since playing a famous person in a drama is a prime recipe for netting an Oscar, it’s a role that’s ripe to net an A-list actress.
Today, The Independent reports that Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, and Amanda Seyfriend have emerged as “frontrunners” to play the title role. I put “frontrunners” in quotations because these actresses are probably high on every list for most projects. Ponsoldt commented, “They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position.” Of course, once the role of Rodham has been cast, we can rev up the speculation machine on who will play a young Bill Clinton.
Hillary Clinton is currently gearing up for her 2016 Presidential run (I don’t care if it’s not official at this point; we all know it’s coming), but we may be getting a biopic about her before her campaign even begins. Last year, we reported that Young Il Kim‘s script Rodham hit #4 on The Black List (a list of the best unproduced screenplays). Per the synopsis, “During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.” Today, James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) has come on board to direct the sure-to-be-controversial film.
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The 2012 Black List has been released. For those unfamiliar with the Black List, it’s usually described as a list of the most-liked unproduced screenplays circling Hollywood even though A) the list is promoted by people who have a vested interest in making sure the script gets into development so this is more of a sales technique than a serious evaluation; B) some of these scripts are in production. In the case of the latter, Transcendence is in pre-production with Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pifster directing and Johnny Depp attached to star. The highest-ranked film, Draft Day, is currently in turnaround with Kevin Costner set to star and Ivan Reitman on board to direct.
Noteworthy inclusions on the list are biopics of Hillary Clinton and Dr. Seuss as well as screenplays from Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four reboot), Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ((500) Days of Summer), Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5), Zack Whedon (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), and more. Hit the jump for the full list.